Shady Rest Policies
Music/Sound: White Dog Plantation is meant to be a quiet retreat. Only acoustic music is allowed on the grounds or on the outdoor patio behind Shady Rest. Amplified music (and amplified speaking) is allowed inside Shady Rest, but the sound level must be such that those staying in the guest rooms and neighbors cannot hear the music and/or the speaking. An exception will be made for the actual wedding ceremony
Alcohol: Serving alcohol or allowing guests to bring their own alcohol at Shady Rest is allowed. Kegs are not allowed inside Shady Rest; having them on the patio or porches is fine.
Event Insurance: Event insurance is required for all events. The insurance must cover the entire number of days and hours Shady Rest is in use.
Trash: We provide three 32-gallon trash cans on rollers with three liners. You should bring additional liners unless you think the 3 are sufficient. Those booking a 3-day package will have all bagged trash removed by White Dog as part of the package. Others must remove all except the 3 bags we provide, or pay $6 per additional bag for removal (maximum charge $45). Large items and boxes may not be left at White Dog unless an additional fee is agreed upon.
Table and Chair Set-up and Take-Down: White Dog will place your requested tables and indoor chairs in Shady Rest before you arrive. You can then arrange them as you wish (tables are light-weight and easy to move). Should you want to use Shady Rest outdoor chairs, you may either have us transport them from Shady Rest to your chosen outdoor spot (and then back to Shady Rest after the event) and arrange them for you for $1.25 per chair, or you may transport them to and from the outdoor spot yourself for free.
Deliveries: There is a $35 charge for deliveries and pick-ups made at times other than your reserved hours.
Clean-up: White Dog will sweep and clean the Shady Rest floors; you are responsible for floor clean-up only if liquids have spilled, food has fallen on the floor, or the floor has gotten exceptionally dirty in some other way. You are responsible for leaving the kitchen and its appliances clean and for removing all decorations inside and outside of Shady Rest. You are responsible for outdoor clean-up if the grounds are obviously dirty (lots of cigarette butts, lots of trash on the grounds).
A/C and Heat: Shady Rest is a 90-year old frame building with a huge number of doors and windows. We will try to cool the building to 72 degrees and heat it to at least 67 degrees.
Decorations: We allow only Command Strips for hanging banners, signs, lights, balloons or other decorations. We do not allow anything on the walls or ceilings or outside of building that will leave a mark: no nails, tacks, tape, putty.
Rice, bird seed, and real flower petals may be thrown at weddings; confetti, fake flower petals and anything else we will have to pick up may not be used. Sparklers may be used if they are at least 20 feet from a building.
Candles: Tea candles may be used inside the building with great care. No other candles may be used inside Shady Rest. No open flames may be used outside of Shady Rest unless they are at least 20 feet from the building.
Reservations, Payments, and Cancellations: for these issues see our Event Rentals page.
Policies are subject to change at any time.